San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick: Heavy Is The Head

By Richard Nurse
Colin Kaepernick
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Heavy is the head that wears the crown, particularly when the crown doesn’t don your team’s logo on it.

San Francisco 49ers third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick is learning that the hard way after a silly controversy started up over him wearing a Miami Dolphins hat to a 4th of July party.

As ridiculous as the situation was, social media treated it like it was blasphemy. And the sports media took it and ran with it.

Somehow sporting the lid of another team turned into the equivalent of Kaepernick kicking a kitten. Wearing one of another team in same sport just made matters worse. But if fans are being honest with themselves, they know that this generation of fitted hats and snapbacks are more about matching outfits than affiliations. Even I wear a New York Yankees hat and I’m far from a Yankees fan.

These are the type of nonsensical things that Kaepernick can look forward too as his name continues to invade the mouths of the casual household.

It won’t matter that he lead his team to the Super Bowl or that he was only one play away from a championship. The critics will say that he still hasn’t had an entire season to start, so he’s slightly behind quarterbacks like Russell Wilson. They’ll pick at everything from his tattoos to the fact that he’s estranged from his birth mother. But in the end no one can doubt his talent. So Kaepernick will get a crash course in the ways they’ll try to knock you off the top.

Welcome to the life of sport’s most scrutinized position — an NFL starting quarterback.

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Richard Nurse is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.



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